In Intrapreneurs We Trust

Erik Stam, Utrecht University School of Economics (USE)

In this paper we analyze how the national institutional and economic setting affects the governance of entrepreneurial activity in society. We focus on two types of entrepreneurial activity: independent owner-managed start-ups and entrepreneurial employee activity, i.e. intrapreneurship. The key question is: how is entrepreneurial activity governed in societies, and how is this affected by the institutional context? Our analysis includes 52 countries, covering developing and developed economies. We draw on alternative institutional perspectives on governance and entrepreneurship, and show that especially in developed economies entrepreneurial activity is not restricted to independent entrepreneurship. High levels of trust and social security regulations favoring employees positively affect the share of entrepreneurial employee activity, as does the prevalence of employment in large organizations.

About the speaker
Education MSc Economics and Geography, Utrecht University (1998) PhD, Utrecht University (2003) Prior positions Erasmus University Rotterdam (2003-2006) University of Cambridge (2006-2009) Fields of interest Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development Industrial and Regional Dynamics Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy

Venue: A1.23 (TS53)

Date: 23 October 2013

Time: 12:00 - 13:30